Pep Clotet optimistic Leeds have foundations in place for promotion push

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Oxford United boss Pep Clotet was Leeds United's assistant manager last season, and faced them at the weekend in a pre-season friendly.

Pep Clotet has suggested that he is optimistic that his old club Leeds have the foundations in place to ensure that they can improve on their strong showing last season and push for promotion again this year, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Clotet spent one just season with the Whites, but was certainly a popular figure amongst the fans during his time as assistant to boss Garry Monk, remaining well liked after his departure and even being touted as a potential successor to his old boss when Monk departed for Middlesbrough and soured his own relationship with the supporters in the process.

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

During his time in the Elland Road dugout as Monk's assistant, Leeds made a dramatic improvement, ending a run of five consecutive bottom-half finishes in the Championship by securing 7th spot and leaving the supporters with a huge amount of optimism for the future despite the agonising end to the season.

As mentioned, there has been a lot of change since the curtain was brought down on the campaign however, and Clotet's only appearance at Elland Road in pre-season came when he returned for a friendly as Oxford United boss.

But despite the changes, Clotet is still confident that the Whites have done the right things and have an excellent chance to build on what they managed last term.

“It looks like it’s good times for the club,” he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “They’ve managed to buy the stadium back and they’ve managed to refurbish it. They’ve managed to have funds available to invest in the squad in the way they thought they had to do. That means the club is in a good way and being taken care of."

“I think he has a fantastic opportunity here and a fantastic club, with all the foundations to achieve higher heights and push for the promotion the club needs," he would later add, when discussing new boss Thomas Christiansen.

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There is undoubtedly an element of unpredictability for Leeds heading into the new season given that there have been so many changes at so many levels across the club.

But the early signs suggest that there is definitely reason for plenty of optimism as it appears, even if they miss out on promotion once again next year, the whole club is now pulling in the right direction - and over time, that should only have one outcome. 

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